MANILA – China will likely issue permits allowing the import of durian fruits from Davao to China this year, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.
This after an Embassy-commissioned team of experts completed their market access investigation in the region.
"Fresh durian from the Philippines will soon be available in the Chinese market, according to the results of an assessment conducted by a team of experts organized by the Chinese Embassy recently," said Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian in a statement.
"It is expected that fresh durian from Davao will be permitted for import into China as soon as this year," he added.
Huang said the team "successfully completed" a risk assessment of the region's orchard harvesting, fruit packaging, pest monitoring, chemical control, Covid-19 prevention, and traceability system.
China, a major durian consumer, has imported at least 822,000 tons of fruits worth USD4.21 billion in 2021, up by 82.4 percent from the previous year.
"Durian from Davao region is high in quality and good in taste. It is expected to win the hearts of Chinese durian lovers," Huang said.
"As one of the most lucrative agricultural products, the entry of high-quality fresh durian from the Philippines into China with a population of 1.4 billion will benefit hundreds of thousands of Philippine fruit farmers and greatly increase the income of local growers in the Mindanao area" he added.
As trade relations grow between the two nations, Huang expects more fruits and agricultural products to be imported from the Philippines. (PNA)